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Accident: 14235899 - Crushed Against A Fallen Tree By Another Tree

Accident: 14235899 -- Report ID: 0552700 -- Event Date: 03/13/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1488413403/20/19852411Rod Hooker Logging
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS LIMBING A FALLEN PINE TREE. HE FINISHED. EMPLOYEE #2 STARTED TO CUT DOWN ANOTHER TREE. AT THIS TIME, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS IN THE CLEAR. EMPLOYEE #2'S CHAIN SAW PINCHED AND HE WENT TO GET THE SKIDDER TO PUSH AGAINST THE TREE TO RELIEVE PRESSURE ON THE CHAIN SAW. THE TREE WAS SUPPOSED TO FALL TO THE NORTH. UPON RELIEVING THE PRESSURE, HE GOT OFF THE SKIDDER AND STARTED TO FINISH THE CUT. UNKNOWN TO EMPLOYEE #2, EMPLOYEE #1 HAD APPARENTLY SEEN A LIMB HE HAD MISSED AND WENT BACK TO THE LOG TO CUT IT OFF. HE WAS CUTTING THE LIMB WITH HIS BACK TOWARD EMPLOYEE #2. AS THE TREE STARTED TO FALL IT TWISTED AND FELL EASTWARD ONTO EMPLOYEE #1. EMPLOYEE #3, THE OWNER OF THE COMPANY, WAS YELLING AT EMPLOYEE #1 TO GET OUT OF THE WAY. DUE POSSIBLY DUE TO THE CHAIN SAW NOISE, EMPLOYEE #1 DID NOT HEAR HIM. HE WAS STILL BENT OVER THE LOG WHEN THE FALLING TREE HIT HIM, CRUSHING HIM BETWEEN THE TWO TREES.
Keywords: tree felling, crushed, tree, struck by, falling object, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 14884134 Fatality Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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